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Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Gold Fountain'

16th May 2014

A spectacular bright leaved form of S. x vanhouttei. I have been rude about the parent before (dull and dusty) but this is a golden child. A quick internet search suggests that it is a pale green-gold thing that will burn in the sun but that hasn't been my experience. Perhaps the feeble Cornish Sun is to blame, or perhaps people assume that all golden leaved shrubs need to shelter in the shade. In my experience it has been a bright rich golden leaved shrub that glows in the sunlight and produces crisp heads of white flowers.